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Marc Roig

Position: Assistant Professor

Building: Davis House

Office Room: D-30

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, Québec H3G 1Y5

Office Phone: (514) 398-4400 extension 0084

Fax: (514) 398-6360

marc [dot] roigpull [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


Post-doctoral Neurophysiology University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Ph.D. Rehabilitation Sciences University of British Columbia (Canada)
M.Sc. Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Nottingham University (UK)
B.Sc. Physical Therapy Ramon Llull University (Spain)
B.Sc. Physical Education and Sports Sciences University of Barcelona (Spain)


Clinical exercise physiology

Research keywords:

motor memory, procedural learning, cardiovascular exercise interventions, elderly and people with chronic conditions

Research Description:

Dr Roig's research is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying the consolidation of motor memories. The specific aim of his research program is to gain insight into the brain memory processes taking place after motor practice and that are indispensable for the acquisition of new motor skills. The basic idea is to look beyond physical therapy interventions and study the formation of motor memories once the clinical treatment has ended. For example, he is interested in studying interactions between different memory systems and how motor memories can be either enhanced or disrupted when different memory processes interact after motor practice. He has explored the use of both behavioral and electrophysiological interventions to study these interactions. For example, his most recent research projects have investigated the use of acute aerobic exercise to improve motor memory consolidation. This knowledge might be used to optimize procedural learning programs in the elderly and, above all, in people with mobility impairments caused by neurological lesions or diseases. In addition to this main research theme, Dr. Roig is interested in the use of evidence-based practice and, in particular, systematic reviews and meta-analysis to investigate the effectiveness of different therapeutic modalities commonly used in physical therapy.

Selected Publications:

Roig M, Ritterband-Rosembaum A, Lundbye-Jensen J, Nielsen JB. Aging increases the susceptibility to motor memory interference and reduces off-line gains in motor skill learning. Neurobiology of Aging. In press.

Roig M, Nordbrandt S, Geertsen SS, Nielsen JB. The effects of cardiovascular exercise on human memory: a review with meta-analysis. Neuroscience Biobehavioral Reviews. 2013:1645-1666.

Maffullietti N, Roig M, Karatzanos E, Nanas S. Effectiveness of neuromuscular electrical stimulation for preserving muscle mass and function in critically ill patients. BMC Medicine. 2013:11:137. 

Roig M, Skriver K, Lundbye-Jensen J, Kiens B, Nielsen JB. A single bout of exercise improves motor memory. PLoS ONE. 2012. 7-9.

Roig M, MacIntyre DL, Eng JJ, Narici MV, Maganaris CM, Reid DW. Preservation of eccentric strength in older adults: evidence, mechanisms and implications for training and rehabilitation. Experimental Gerontology. 2010;45:400-409.